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We are pleased to announce we will be hosting a Green conservatism Conference on Wednesday 1st November 2017 in Central London with Claire Perry MP (Minister of State for Climate Change and Energy) and The Rt Hon Lord Deben (Chair, Committee on Climate Change) as confirmed keynote speakers.

Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017, 8.30 – 19.00.

Venue: The British Academy, St. James’s

RSVP: Here

Bright Blue’s Green conservatism Conference is an opportunity for centre-right politicians and thought leaders, as well as experts and industry practitioners, to discuss conservative approaches to the great environmental challenges we face in the UK and internationally.

The conference will be held on Wednesday 1st November 2017 at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH. There will be keynote speeches by Claire Perry MP (UK Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry) and Lord Deben (Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change). Four panel sessions will explore: agriculture and CAP reform; strengthening the role of markets in energy; the future of conservation; and energy security in the UK an d Europe. For more detail on each of the panels, click here to view the programme agenda on the dedicated Energy and environment microsite.

08:30 Registration 

09:00 Introduction from Ben Caldecott (Senior Associate Fellow, Bright Blue)

09:10 A keynote speech from Claire Perry MP (UK Minister for Climate Change and Industry)

09:45 Panel I: Agriculture and CAP reform – Benet Northcote (Director, Corporate Responsibility, John Lewis) (chair); Meurig Raymond (President, National Farmers’ Union); Julie Girling MEP (Spokesperson, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee); Sam Bowman (Director, Adam Smith Institute); Tamsin Cooper (Strategy Director, Green Alliance)

11:15 Refreshments break 

11:45 Panel II: The future of conservation – Ben Caldecott (Senior Associate Fellow, Bright Blue) (chair); Rebecca Pow MP (Parliamentary Private Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs); Maurice Golden MSP (Spokesperson for the Low-Carbon Economy, Scottish Conservatives); Beccy Speight (CEO, Woodland Trust); Lord Inglewood (President, Uplands Alliance)

13:15 Networking lunch 

14:15 Panel IIIStrengthening the role of markets in energy – Sam Hall (Senior Research Fellow, Bright Blue) (chair); Sara Bell (CEO, Tempus Energy); Laura Sandys (CEO, Challenging Ideas); Paul Massara (CEO, North Star Solar); James Heappey MP (Vice Chair, Energy Storage APPG)

15:45 Refreshments break 

16:15 Panel IV: Energy security in the UK and Europe – Laura Round (Communications Manager, Bright Blue) (chair); Rob Bailey (Energy, Environment and Resources Research Director, Chatham House); Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP (Former Shadow Environment Secretary); Richard Howard (Head of Research, Aurora Energy Research)

17:15 A keynote speech from Lord Deben (Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change) 

17:30 Closing remarks 

17:35 Drinks reception 

18:00 A keynote speech from the Rt Hon Lord Howard (Former Secretary of State for Environment and Leader of the Conservative Party)

Guests will include MPs, councillors, activists, journalists, business and third sector representatives, and campaigners. Chairs and panellists are to be confirmed shortly. To become a member of Bright Blue, click here.

Partnership opportunities: Partnership and sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event. Should you be interested in learning more, please contact our Senior Researcher Sam Hall at